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Thursday, October 10, 2002
No favourite for job as Mexico coach
MEXICO CITY, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) says there is no favourite among the three candidates - Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlos Bianchi and Ricardo Lavolpe - for the vacant job as national team coach.
'There's no favourite,' said FMF president Alberto de la Torre after arriving at Mexico City airport on Wednesday.
FMF officials completed their meetings with the candidates when they interviewed Brazil's World Cup-winning coach Scolari in Miami on Tuesday.
Scolari resigned five weeks after Brazil's World Cup final win over Germany in June, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Bianchi led Argentine club Boca Juniors to the Intercontinental Club Cup and two successive titles in the South American Libertadores Cup. He left at the end of last year and is without a club.
Lavolpe, the former Argentina goalkeeper, is a naturalised Mexican citizen and is one of his adopted country's most successful club coaches. He is in charge of Toluca, who lead the Apertura championship.
'One has a lot of experience in Mexican football (Lavolpe), the other has the advantage of being world champion (Scolari) and the other is a world champion at club level,' said de la Torre.
Some Brazilian media declared earlier on Wednesday that Scolari's appointment was a formality and depended merely on the coach reaching a financial agreement with the FMF.
Former Mexico and Real Madrid striker Hugo Sanchez - a bitter rival of Lavolpe - had been a fourth candidate but dropped out of the race last month, saying he wanted to concentrate on his job as coach of Mexico City side UNAM.
Mexico have been without a coach since the resignation of Javier Aguirre following the defeat by the U.S. in the second round of the World Cup.
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